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So I'm putting together this build log, its been a bit since I've done something other than a $500 build for a someone, so this was a chance to try and stretch my legs and put something together that was nice. Everything has been ordered, and should be shipping out on Monday, just wanted to get some opinions on the build. I know there are a couple areas where I could have "skimped out" and still had some nice internals, but I like to have what I put together look nice and perform well.

 

Here is what I've ordered:


  • CPU: Core i5 2500k - Picking this up from Microcenter $195 with tax
  • Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD53 - needed one that was SLI compatible while having good spacing - $140, $30 MIR ($110)
  • Cooler: Corsair A70 - This was more of a "Looks thing" than price vs. performance, $40 - $25 AMIR
  • Memory: Gskill Sniper 8GB (2x4gb) 1600mhz - $39 with promo
  • GPU: (2X) MSI N560GTX - I strongly prefer Nvidia over AMD in dealing with drivers, setup, etc. - $190 each, $15 off each promo, $30 MIR ($350, $320 AMIR)
  • PSU: Silverstone Strider Essentials 600W - overkill on the power, but needed 4X PCIE cables and was the best to suit that need - $70, $60 AMIR
  • SSD: Crucial M4 64GB - I feel all high end builds should have a nice boot SSD  - $80
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GBNeeds a bit more storage than just 64GB :) - $84 - $74 with promo
  • Case: Lian Li Lancool First Knight PC-K9WX - $129, 15% off, $110 - case looks amazing, great features
  • Optical drive: LG DVD Burner - does what I need, and cheap! O/S - Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64bit

 

I think its a really nice deal and was happy with the promos that were going on. Its got $66.50 in promo codes, lots of mail in rebates that seem to actually be worth mailing in. I'll post pictures when I get in the parts, should be a nice build!

 


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Edited by appleg33k85 - 2/21/12 at 7:02am
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post #2 of 14
Sounds great, subbed! luv me some building action thumb.gif
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post #3 of 14
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Got my tracking number and confirmations from Newegg!!

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Love that Newegg ships from NJ so I generally have things 1 day later smile.gif
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post #4 of 14
Nice solid build!
And wow only one more day till you get your stuff! I bet you can't wait! smile.gif

I'm looking forward to building mine soon with the 7970 card.
Hopefully it will be worth it!

I don't like ATI, and I'm an nvidia fanboy, but kepler is taking too long without any announcements so I'm going to try ATI and hopefully my experience will be good.
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post #5 of 14
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I've used several 6850/70's in different builds, and had no real issues with them, though the one 6950 I had, I wasn't a huge fan of - I generally prefer Nvidia cards at the moment as they seem to just work properly for me, and wanted to try some 560's out as I've read they o/c pretty well.

Picked up the 2500k last night at Microcenter, its sitting all by its lonesome self in my build room waiting to make friends redface.gif

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You saved a good bit of money on some good solid hardware. This is one the best shopping trips I have seen. Great STUFF!...thumb.gif
 
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post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Look what I got smile.gif



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Here is a sneak peak!!
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post #8 of 14
I'm so jealous! >frown.gif
Looks like you're having fun with it by now.
Put up some more pics on the finished product! Would like to see!
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post #9 of 14
rofl y did u not get der twin frozr 2 version of 560?
    
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post #10 of 14
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$$ dear fellow OCNer - TFII's were $200 each, these were $175, $145 AMIR smile.gif Allowed me to get a little better all around components - and I don't actually see many reviews on these cards, I think they are pretty new and may do pretty well, i'll let y'all know smile.gif

Here's another teaser pic before I start really uploading pics - enjoy!

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Edited by appleg33k85 - 2/21/12 at 7:46pm
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